St. Mary’s Academy fosters excellence in each child through academic achievement, spiritual development and service. The Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice and respect provide the foundation for students to be powerful agents of change.
Statement of Inclusivity
St. Mary's Academy affirms the inherent dignity and value of each individual. Our school embraces the distinct identity of each person and helps students to appreciate their own identities and those of others. St. Mary's Academy actively seeks families, faculty and staff who bring a range of experience to the school.
We believe diversity increases the ability to formulate and nurture ideas and relationships resulting in a school community where all opinions and views are respected.
St. Mary's Academy provides a scholarly learning environment for an educational experience that prepares students to participate in an increasingly complex global society.
We believe that in a multicultural society, developing competency, the will and ability to create authentic and effective relationships across differences, is crucial to being a responsible and compassionate world citizen.
Our Faith Identity
The Loretto school values of faith, justice, community and respect are foundational to St. Mary’s Academy in serving our mission and living our Loretto heritage. As an independent Catholic school in the Loretto tradition, our faith identity is multi-faceted, yet deeply rooted.
A school that believes the fundamental message of God as taught and lived by Jesus, to love without bounds. We practice this message in the Catholic Loretto tradition of putting faith beliefs and spirituality into action through:
- Teaching the message of our faith to love inclusively and unconditionally, to love even those who some consider “outsiders”: the marginalized of society—the poor, those oppressed, without homes, or devalued because of their social status, gender, economic level, sexual orientation, race, or religion.
- Respecting people of all backgrounds. We teach and model respect and understanding of others’ ways of thinking, their beliefs, human longings, sorrows and joys. This teaching allows for a deeper understanding of others and of one’s own convictions in an increasingly complex, multicultural and multi-religious world. This learning engenders compassion.
- Creating community by living up to the standard for Christian life: loving as God loves, unconditionally and all-‐inclusively. We build relationships with others that are characterized by a Godly (agape) kind of love: compassionate, just, forgiving, nurturing. The strength and love of our community is felt in the hallways, in our hearts, and in our lives outside of our school walls. On good days and hard days, the community is a source and a font of strength and inspiration.
- Making justice more real through the actions of individuals and groups. We are committed to empowering our students and one another to be “bridge builders” for a world community in need of solidarity and support for fair and just treatment, pursuit of the common good and advocacy for the poor and most vulnerable among us.
A school that celebrates Godly presence and love in our midst through:
- Celebrating God’s presence in Eucharistic celebrations and other prayer opportunities;
- Fostering a school culture where each person’s God-given value and dignity is respected and given the opportunity for fullness of expression;
- Offering religious studies classes across the divisions in order to foster religious literacy and age appropriate understandings of the ways people experience and share God’s presence;
- Dedicating time, talents and resources to serve those in need within and outside of our school community.
My sisters and I often remark about how grateful we are for our St. Mary’s Academy education. The tradition will continue when my daughter enters SMA as a ninth grader. I know that her experiences at SMA will help her become a caring and responsible adult.